Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. A book in which author Peter Barry claimed to properly inaugurate post-colonial criticism was Edward Said's ________, which was a specific expose of the Eurocentric universalism which took for granted both the superiority of that which was European or Western.

2. Which of the following realism terms best illustrates the straight realism which was imposed in the 1930s?

3. The narrator explains that narratology studies how narratives, or stories, creates ________.

4. In the following statement found in the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," what does the word "panoptic" mean: "Michel Foucault's pervasive image of the state is that of 'panoptic'"?

5. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were the join founders of the school of________ according to the Chapter titled "Marxist Criticism."

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the ambitions of stylistics as defined by Peter Barry?

2. In what way does the narrator say queer theory differs from lesbian feminism?

3. Explain what liberal humanism and stylistics have in common.

4. What were some of the influences on early Marxist thinking?

5. Who was Karl Marx?

6. Is stylistics confined to just the analysis of literature? Explain.

7. What are some of the advantages of new historicism?

8. How does stylistics differ from standard close reading?

9. What is the purpose of lesbian/gay criticism according to the "Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader"?

10. What are the four characteristics that define the term "Political Shakespeare"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the ambitions of stylistics as described by Peter Barry.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how women are represented by both men and women in a piece of literature that you have read in the past. Explain how this representation of women would be viewed by feminist critics.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relevance of Beginning Theory to English literature today.

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